Appreciation of Drumming

  1. Activity: The 13th Drum Dancing Festival “Drumming beyond Limits”,2015
  2. Activity date: 18:30, November 6 (Fri), November 7 (Sat) and November 8 (Sun), 2016
  3. Activity location: Shin Kong Mitsukoshi
  4. Participants: Members of Thunder King of Drums
  5. Records: Chien-Te Hsu

The Drum Dancing Festival

We, Thunder King of Drums, were really excited when we learned that Shin Kong Mitsukoshi would hold the 13th Drum Dancing Festival “Drumming beyond Limits” 2015 at the Xiangdi Square. Through a discussion, we decided to divide us into three groups to watch the three team-drumming performances—Belief, Transcendence, Infinite Possibilities—on November 6 (Friday), November 7 (Saturday) and November 8 (Sunday), respectively.

Name Performance One ﹕The Dance of Drums  Date 11/6(五) 18:30pm
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The opening performance, given by Konkonba Taiwan and Taipei Yuehfu Drum, was a scene of jubilation. Four youth drumming teams for the finals—Gen Ryu Taiko, Xindian Primary School Taiko, Boling Taiko and Taishan Taiko—also offered their amazingly lively performances.

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Thunder King of Drums:Yen-Chen, Chen & Tsung-Te, Hsu

Video credit: https://youtu.be/-HNwyvtzFaA


Name Performance Two :The Art of Drums  活動日期 11/7(六) 18:30pm
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Mr. Kobayashi Yoshitaka, Namahage Satokagura Taiko, National Taiwan College of Performing Arts and Yu Gu Fun Drum Group gave a colorful joint performance with songs, dances, dramas and multi-media percussion music that just went beyond the boundary of drum music.

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Thunder King of Drums: Cai-Ru Liu & Chun-Hsien Wu

Video credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch


Name Performance Three ﹕The Sound of Drums  活動日期 11/8(日) 18:30pm
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The state-level U-Theatre, Taipei G-Drumz and Hualien Yuan-Shiang Dancing Group performed incredibly wonderful pure drum dances.

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Thunder King of Drums:Yung-Chien Hsu, Ken-Lun Chang, Chien-Te, Hsu, Ting-Wei Wang, Shu-Han, Chang

Video credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch

  

Impressions about the Drum Dancing Festival

There is a drumbeat in everybody’s heart to show him or her the direction as he or she moves ahead.” I realized what it really meant after listening to the performances. The drum vibration that can cheer one up spontaneously symbolizes hope and future. The drum rhythm, just like the manifestation of spiritual philosophy, expresses the union of inner stillness and movement. My temperament was strengthened by each deep drumbeat. The manner in which they play the drum embodied power and beauty, just like a blooming flower—how graceful it was.

What impressed me most was U-Theatre’s performance. The whole performance was simply characterized by one word “stillness”. From their team cooperation and complete absorption, I gained a better understanding of the truth of life and experienced an inexpressible state of life. I think that everybody has a world of his own. No matter how bumpy the journey is, we are sure to succeed one day as long as we persist in our dreams, strive hard on our own and never give up.

Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums